1996 12 oz silver Panda
The 12 oz silver Panda series was begun in 1988, with mintages initially numbering in their thousands. However this was tapered gradually as 1996 approached, with 1996 marking a low for the series with a mere 800 pieces. Mintages returned to their usual level for 1997, but the series was discontinued after 1997, and no 12 oz silver Panda was issued in 1998. A standard set of 12 oz silver Pandas comprises 10 coins, one of each date from 1988 through to 1997.
The 1996 12 oz silver Panda was struck at the Shanghai Mint with an official mintage of 800 pieces. This coin type measures 80 mm in diameter and has a face value of 100 yuan. The sizeable piece, legal tender in the PRC, contains 12 oz silver officially certified by the mint to be of 0.999 fineness.
The obverse face features the inscription of the PRC, below which is an image of the Temple of Heaven – more specifically the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests – depicted as though the viewer is in a slightly elevated position. Beneath the image is the year of issue, 1996.https://www.pandacoins.com/2-legs-1996-12-oz-silver-panda/